Summer Swim Safety


summer swim safety in louisvilleAlmost one year ago, my son had a near-drowning event.  It is as real to me today as it was a year ago. As we approach the summer season and many pool parties and opportunities to swim, I want to be prepared – and prepare my son – so we can enjoy this season with summer swim safety.

We have been talking about swimming and some things that we will do to ensure that we will be safe. This summer, we will follow a few summer swim safety rules –

  1. Take regular breaks so we won’t get fatigued

  2. Be well-hydrated and fed, before and during swim time, so we have plenty of energy

  3. Wear a life jacket if swimming in the deep end

  4. Have one parent – not swimming but keeping eyes on child/children – doing check-ins

  5. Establish a schedule :: 30 minutes of swim, then a 10-minute break… whatever works for your family

Last summer, our near-drowning event changed our lives. We could have easily decided that we were full of fear. We chose instead to work through our fear and not let our experiences change us and make us live forever in fear. We are smarter, more prepared, and have healthy rules in place to have a successful summer from here on out.

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Cheryl Brackemyre
I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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